California M 202 J.Y. McDuffie San Francisco Feb. 18, '60
Enc. copy of the report of Lieut. Centier rel. to the [illegible] of Sub Agt. H. L. Ford in charge of the Menodico reservation in the case of an attempted abduction of a squaw from the Reserve of a man named Simpson.
Recd March 16, '60
Office Supt Ind Affairs San Francisco Cal Feb 18 1860
Hon. A. B. Greenwood Commissioner f Indians Affs
Sir I have the honor to transmit herewith for your information a report made by Lieut W. P. [Canliro?] 6th infantry to Brig General Clark commanding this military department relative to the conduct of H. L. Ford Sub Ind Agent in charge of the Mendocino Reservation in the case of the attempted abduction of a squaw from the Reserve by a man named Simpson. The evidence alluded to as having been taken by Sub Agent Ford was furnished this office by D Ames but without the official signature of Sub Agent Ford; hence I do not consider it sufficiently authentic for the informaiton of the department. It seems however only
to confirm the Report of Lieut [Canliro?] in regard to the attempted abduction & arrest of Simpson, the retention of the squaw on the Reserve & the subsequent release of Simpson from the Grand House. The facts as set forth by Lieut Canliro, are of frequent [illegible] and appear trifling, in themselves excepting when taken in connection with that order and [illegible] to essentially necessary to the success of this Reservation. I am confident this report will so convince you of the utter absence of anything like systems or ability, in the administration of this Reservation, as to confirm in your mind the [illegible] of my assertions in a former communicaiton, "That I deemed a change of agents would be beneficial to the public service. Since then the improvement on this Reservaiton has not been sufficient to change my opinion upon this subject. I therefore most respectfully